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62 - "Not Who I Was" by FaithFirefly 62 - "Not Who I Was" by FaithFirefly
100 theme challenge #62 - "Light & Dark"

My entry for :iconmastershifufanclub:'s current contest.

Heeeey, haven't done one'a these in a while. :o :D But I've had it in my mind since I first saw Kung Fu Panda 2. I went back and watched the first one again, and it's really cool to see how Shifu grows between movies. :aww: You certainly get an Oogway vibe from him now - not to mention I love the way he carries himself in the sequel. Most of the time through the first KFP, he was rather hunched over and always had his arms behind his back. In this one, he holds his head up and has a rather regal air about him, even in the way he holds his hands. Even if we didn't get to see much of him, it was really neat to see the small ways in which he is becoming Oogway. :aww: And you, know not to mention that he......

*SPOILERS*

SOMEHOW TREKKED ACROSS THE COUNTRY BY HIMSELF JUST TO HELP HIS STUDENTS. O____O That's a mighty journey for a little old man!!

*END SPOILERS*

Anyhoo, I thought this also fit well into my 100 theme contest. :D And I hope I didn't make old Shifu's despondency too obvious with the rain. :lol: I used the film's color theory for this - blue for cold and negativity, and green for peace and wisdom.

Background ([link]) (c) of *BrixStock
Light Ray Brushes (c) *redheadstock
Rain Brushes (c) ~Neveryph-stock

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This image is superbly put together.

- The colors used in the background are both soft, but easily discernible. The use of the blue to denote his sorrow and cold nature are very well contrasted by the green, expressing his wisdom, and inner peace found inbetween the two movies.

- Shifu's posture also shows well on this image. In the first movie he was burdened with the raising and loss of Tai Lung and his stance and the way he held himself responsible was clear in his stance, which was captured well. However in the second movie, Shifu can be seen in a far brighter, and more intelligent light. His posture and even his voice show that he has come to terms with what transpired between him and Tai Lung and is willing to move on and grant himself peace.

- The use of the light shining brushes along side the rain brushes is also very well used here. They both work well to show the transformation between Shifu's appearance and his mood in the two movies. Giving off a sad, but simulations uplifting feeling the image as a whole.

-Over all a gorgeous piece of art, and a true exhibit to Grand Master Shifu. Trainer of the Furious Five, the Dragon Warrior and Guardian of the Jade Palace.
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Snowsky102 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
Beautiful! Love it!
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:iconsapphire848:
sapphire848 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awwwww its sooo cute
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carlaclifford Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Omg he's so cute <3 *hugs shifu*
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SnowWhiteQueen2000 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
It's like Yin and Yang!
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:iconanimationnut:
AnimationNut Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student Writer
This is amazing :)
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theolivethief14 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful job!
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
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theolivethief14 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :D
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StripedOwlFeathers Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cute... I like how the one in the back is more shaded and the one in the front is in the light.:)
Did you know that Shifu was originaly going to have a nose like Po, but Dustin Hoffman did not like it, so they changed thier design of Shifu's nose... :D So Dreamworks' original Shifu looked kinda weird.
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, I have The Art of Kung Fu Panda. :lol: Shifu's character went through a LOT of development, actually. He used to be Po's adoptive dad, actually. Which is why he was made a red panda in the first place.
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StripedOwlFeathers Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I just thought the nose story was kinda funny:D
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yeah. XD And Jack Black was like: "Wait, you can do that??"
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Shinya-san Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing. It tells just exactly how Shifu was feeling during the first film and in the second. Amazing work :heart:
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :aww:
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Shinya-san Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Welcomes! :D
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Susanita172356 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
awesome o.o
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :D
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pimpaladettesdude Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
you think the movies were epic like i did you need to watch the nick show LEGENDS OF AWESOMNESS (because it reveals more things that are not even in the movies at all like TAI LUNGS NEPHEW,SHIFU'S FATHER,new masters,OOGWAY STILL A FREE LIVING SPIRIT) it's really good idk why people say it's garbage :P
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I watch it. :lol: Though I admit it is a serious guilty pleasure. Everyone's just so OOC. ^^; But I do watch it.
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pimpaladettesdude Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
well i dun feel the characters are out of character :P (and idk what chu mean by serious guilty pleasure but whateves :P )
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Well, Tigress seems way too abrasive in the show, even more so than in the movies. She may get mad at Po, but we've seen that she has more self-control and restraint in the movies than she does in the show. And Po seems a lot more irresponsible than he is in the movies. I mean, I'll watch the show and then the movie, and I just notice a major difference. But again, I enjoy it. :lol:
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pimpaladettesdude Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
i dun look at movies and shows that way (unless i notice that is reality to my eyes -__-)
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Well, I enjoy seeing the characters in the situations the show puts them in. :lol: But I'm such a diehard KFP fan that I have a hard time disconnecting the show and the movies.
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Wraithldr Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Ooo. OOOOOooo! I really like the idea behind this. Took me forever to realize what you were getting at. Probably because I neglected to read the description first.
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:lol: I guess it would be confusing seeing two Shifus at once in that same composition. XD
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InvaderZimFreakGirl1 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SHIFU IS SO CUTE!!!!!!!!! :squee: nice job btw. :D
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! XD Digging through the depths of my inbox at the moment, sorry for the late reply!
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MKfan Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
It's cool to see that's he becoming Oogway but I'll never forget Oogway , I won't let that flame burn out. (He's my favorite character)
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Oh, of course. :) Oogway can't be forgotten, Shifu won't let that happen.
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MKfan Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Oogway didn't leave-leave yet the earth plain, either. Did you see the end of the Ghost of Oogway episode in KFP Series? He's still there watching over the Valley. He'll probably show himself to Shifu eventually but probally wants to see Shifu handle things by himself first. Which would be a reason he didn't meet Shifu at the Peachtree in the episode.

Shifu:Master, what is happening?
Real Oogway appears
Oogway:Junjie is using my image to trick you all and ruin lives at the Jade Palace.
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goku-no-baka Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
awww<3
Thats really cute idea for the theme x)
And so true, i love it <3 XD
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks a bunch! :D Shifu is love. :love:
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AvatarCat09 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Shifu on the right side looks so peaceful now. He's certainly more different than his moody self from the first movie. And this little Emoticon that I'm putting up is gonna show how he is today.
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Filmographer
:lol: Haven't seen him levitate yet.....but I guess balancing on his staff 80% of his screen time is good enough. XD
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AvatarCat09 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
Yep.
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EscarlataFox Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I was wondering.... if I would be able to download this? ^^;
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Late reply, sorry. ^^; I honestly don't allow downloads on my pics, I hope you understand why.
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EscarlataFox Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay... yeah. :( Such a pity, but oh well...
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Cici-XD Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
i love yur drawing!!! there are sio awesume!! >w<
(shifu the best >:D)
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank youuuu!! :D And yes, he is.
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ShifuBlasta1 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Omg this is sooo cool! I think you win!
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Wow, really? :lol: Well, I haven't seen any of the other entries.

BTW, what happened to the group? :( It just disappeared.
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Cimorine90 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
oh man. I SOOOOO AGREE!!! Shifu is STILL my favorite character. I admit, there was more development with tigress, and Po, but still. . . . Shifu is amazing. I could cry, he's so AWESOME!!!!!
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Well, we still have yet to hear Shifu's backstory.....so I have a feeling he'll have a big part in one of the future sequels. :D
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Cimorine90 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
what? what do you mean? oh, like where he came from etc. :) I would love to hear it. :D do you really think there will be another? :love:
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
The CEO has stated that they were going for like....six total KFP movies. :lol: Plus, you know, didn't the end of KFP2 kinda outright advertise a third movie?
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Cimorine90 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
sorta did, but I can be slow abotu those things . . . SIX????? OHBOYOHBOYOHBOYOHBOY!!!!!
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional Filmographer
:lol: I just hope they keep it good and fresh. I think everyone got tired of Shrek after a while.
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Cimorine90 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
agreed. :)
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Lost-InMyWonderland Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, I lovethis piece. With the colors,and meaning to it. Also, you're right. I didn't think much of it, till now. I just thought Po's attitude must've worn off on him like it did with the Five. :giggle:
It'd be so cool if someone made a amv for Shifu with the song Who I Am Hates Who I've Been by Relient K, it fits him so well now with the second movie.
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